What makes a good bowl of laksa to you? To me, the selling point of a good laksa would be its gravy—cooked with shrimp paste, coconut milk, and tau pok. While we all are familiar with the Katong laksas which have been fighting for the title of ‘Best Laksa in Singapore’, there are other stalls in Singapore that are still highly popular.
Whether it’s the broth consistency or the essential ingredients, one thing’s for sure: we can’t get enough of laksa. Without further ado, here are 10 best laksa spots in SG for an irresistible meal.
1. Amy’s Laksa
A hidden laksa gem that is no stranger to Easties is Amy’s Laksa. Every time I’m there, I never fail to see a snaking queue. Did I mention each bowl is just S$2.50?
Perhaps I’m biased but this has to be my ultimate rainy day food. The broth is rich, indulgent and sinfully addictive. Each bowl comes with prawns, taupok, fishcakes, and cockles.
At its price point, I can’t complain too much about the portion, but it’s definitely one that checks all the boxes for me. Most of the time, I’ll just get two to go if I’m really hungry or looking to satisfy my cravings!
58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-176, Singapore 461058
Tue to Sat: 7am – 1pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa became renowned after being awarded the Bib Gourmand award in 2016, and subsequently from 2017 to 2021.
The original owner, Madam Ang Siew Yan, sold laksa in claypots for over 10 years at Depot Road before retiring for about six to seven years due to her ailing health. The stall is now run by her nephew, Mr Zhang.
A humble bowl of Claypot Laksa (S$4/S$5/S$6) comes with chicken, fish cake, tau pok, prawn and cockles. Of course, the staple white bee hoon is used as the starch base.
The laksa broth was thick and packed so much flavour and had the perfect amount of spice. The price point for the Claypot Laksa is also very reasonable, considering the amount of effort it takes to make the dish. It’s no surprise they’ve snagged home the Michelin Bib Gourmand every year since 2016!
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Alexander Hawker Centre, #01-75, Singapore 151120
Tue to Sat: 9am – 3.30pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
At one of the most popular hawker centres in Chinatown, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, you’ll find Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa.
Each bowl of Asia Delight Laksa (S$5) comes with its famous laksa broth, which holds a distinct coconut and seafood flavour.
It turns out that the owner, Mr Soo, minces up dried scallops, dried prawns, and dried oysters to make the broth. The owner says that this is a Hainanese recipe from the 1950s which he learnt from his teacher. According to him, no one does it this way anymore.
Despite the laborious cooking processes, Mr Soo gets the greatest joy from seeing the smiles on his customers’ faces. He finds the support he has received over the years very motivating and humbling.
531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, #02-66, Singapore 051531
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 4.30pm
Closed on Sun
4. Janggut Laksa
Janggut Laksa calls themselves ‘The Original Katong Laksa’. I’m not too sure about the true origins since many stalls in Katong all claim a different story—it is still true that many Singaporeans and tourists alike flock to the stall for a quick laksa fix.
While I was there, I also noticed that their Curry Chicken (S$5/S$7) was really well-received, alongside their all time favourite Laksa (S$5/S$7).
Janggut Laksa’s gravy was not as thick but still managed to pack lots of flavour within itself. It’s worth noting that the portions are pretty small for its price point, as compared to other stalls. Nevertheless, the laksa was delectable and scrumptious.
Hidden in a hawker centre at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Lik Ming Laksa is plastered with all sorts of newspaper clippings singing praises of the stall’s food. The stall has been around for over 40 years now.
Every bowl of Laksa (S$3/S$4) comes in a vibrant shade of the rising sun, brilliant and captivating. A strong aroma came with the dish—a hint of coconut and chilli.
Topped with fishcakes, coriander, tau pok, and a gobbet of Lik Ming Laksa’s signature belacan chilli, the white wheat noodles were submerged in the beautiful orange broth mixed with a generous portion of cockles.
Head down to dabao the “best laksa in Singapore” today, and let us know what you think. Do note that the joint closes at 1pm on working days so make sure to head down early.
Block 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-48, Singapore 310093
Fri to Mon: 6am – 1pm
Closed Tue to Thu
Sungei Road Laksa has been around for many years, serving hoards of customers each day. Many locals flock to this stall along Jalan Berseh because of its crazily affordable laksa bowls. It is also a stall that locals tell tourists to check out when recommendations for local food is brought up.
From what I know, Sungei Road Laksa remains the only laksa stall in Singapore that still insists on using charcoal to cook the soup. They insist on doing this because it creates another depth of flavour and fragrance that you do not get from gas stoves.
The Laksa is affordably priced at $3 and comes with a generous portion of cockles and fishcake. The laksa served here does not come with any prawns, egg or taupok, which is quite a pity since these components are pretty essential to me when it comes to a good bowl of laksa.
Still, if you’re a fan of cheap food, cockles, and fishcake, this will probably do it for you.
27 Jalan Berseh, #01-100, Singapore 200027
Thu to Tue: 9.30am – 4pm
Closed on Wed
7. Terry Katong Laksa
Relatively less well-known than the other numerically-named Katong chains, Terry Katong Laksa is located right in the middle of Bukit Timah Food Centre.
This is one that will definitely appeal to the health-conscious, as the broth has no pork, no lard, no MSG, and even no added sugar.
The servings are pretty generous for the $3.50 you fork out. The gravy is a lot lighter on the coconut milk and has a mild taste of shrimp. Each bowl of laksa comes with prawns, fishcake, cockles, and a spoonful of sambal belacan.
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-194, Singapore 588215
Fri to Wed: 9.30am – 5pm
Closed on Thu
Affectionately known as Yishun 928 Laksa, this literal no-name stall housed in the void deck of an unassuming HDB block holds snaking lines all throughout lunch hour. The people of Yishun can proudly defend this one amidst all the controversy attached to the district.
The dependable stall is a wholesome family-owned business that takes on the responsibility of efficient service on its own, while consistently serving up high standards of their dishes daily.
A large-sized bowl of Laksa (S$3.30) came with the full range of toppings—cockles, a large boiled egg, and sliced surimi crab sticks.
The broth has a rich satisfying lemak feel brought out by the mixing of coconut cream. The creaminess cuts through the deep, intense flavours of spice in the broth, marrying it harmoniously to balance the whole dish. A huge win for me!
928 Yishun Central 1, #01-155, Singapore 760928
+65 9731 9586
Mon to Sat: 7.30am – 7.30pm
Closed on Sun
9. 328 Katong Laksa
Yes, this is the famous 328 Katong Laksa which beat Gordon Ramsay at the Singtel Hawker Heroes Challenge which took place at Newton Food Centre in 2013. Ever since then, 328 Katong Laksa have been calling themselves the ‘No. 1 Laksa in Singapore’.
Perhaps the hype got the better of it, but the prices here simply did not match its portion given. With each bowl starting at S$6.30, it’s safe to say that one’s expectations would be through the roof.
When it came down to taste, the coconut milk taste was really strong—counterbalanced by the spiciness of the chilli, making the gravy rich in flavour. Their prawns were rather crisp and tasted fresh. Price aside, it’s obvious why 328 Katong Laksa has such a huge following of loyal fans.
10. 363 Katong Laksa
If you’re craving for good laksa and you’re around the Holland Village vicinity, 363 Katong Laksa is a must-visit. The stall is pretty modern, as one is greeted by self-ordering stations decked with iPads to place your customised laksa orders.
The laksa serving size here is reasonable and their gravy is a lot richer and thicker than others I’ve tried. Instead of an intense lemak taste from the coconut milk, 363 Katong Laksa’s gravy managed to enhance the shrimp paste flavours.
Some vouch that this is the ‘best laksa in Singapore’ but ultimately, to each their own!
1 Lorong Mambong, #01-15, Singapore 277700
+65 6464 9303
Thu to Tue: 7.30am – 9.30pm
Closed on Wed
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